“They (Ukrainian soldiers) are lying down at the moment, the air force is working on them,” said the head of the Russian occupation administration Enerhodar, Alexander Volha. According to him, the Ukrainians fortified themselves in a cottage area near Enerhodar. “The operation will end soon,” he added.
Two missiles exploded at the Zaporizhia Power Plant. Russia blames Ukraine for the attacks
The governor of Ukraine’s Zaporozhye region, Oleksandr Staruch, said that Russian forces were shelling a pre-arranged route along which inspectors from the IAEA were supposed to arrive at the Zaporozhye NPP. “For security reasons, the UN advance team cannot continue,” he wrote. “We demand that the Russian Federation stop provocations and allow the IAEA access to the Ukrainian nuclear facility,” added Staruch.
According to Kyiv, Russia is shelling Enerhodar
A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) went to the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant occupied by Russian forces on Thursday morning. According to IAEA chief Rafael Grossi, the inspection mission to the facility will continue despite increased military activity in the area. According to Kyiv, since this morning the Russians have been shelling the town of Enerhodar near the occupied nuclear power plant.
“Since five o’clock in the morning, the mortar shelling of the city has not stopped. Machine gun fire is heard. Several civilian objects are known to have been hit. There are wounded here. We are finding out exactly how much,” said the Ukrainian mayor of the city, Dmytro Orlov.
Ukraine launched an offensive in the south of the country. The separatist regiment has withdrawn, they claim
Inspectors from the IAEA are scheduled to visit Ukraine’s Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, which has been occupied by Russian invasion troops since March. According to Reuters, the convoy with the delegation set off from Zaporozhye, which is under the control of the Ukrainian government and is located several tens of kilometers from the largest nuclear power plant in Europe. The team will thus have to cross the front line on their way to the facility.
According to Grossi’s elders, the initial inspection should last several days, while the IAEA hopes that it will then be able to establish a permanent presence of its experts at the power plant. Russia is said to have provided guarantees that the 14 international experts participating in the current expedition will be able to carry out their work at the facility.
The situation surrounding the power plant, which is the largest facility of its kind in Europe, raises concerns in Ukraine and the world about a possible nuclear disaster. Last week, according to the Ukrainian authorities, two reactors still operating were temporarily disconnected from the grid due to a fire at the site. According to the agencies, the authorities have started distributing iodine tablets to residents in its vicinity, which are used to protect health in the event of a radiation leak.
Power plant in Zaporozhye under fire. There is a risk of fire and radiation leakage, warns Enerhoatom
The power plant is still kept running by Ukrainian employees, but they are under the supervision of Russian invasion units and experts. Kyiv is seeking international assistance in demilitarizing the facility as well as retaking control of the power plant and its surroundings. Ukraine accuses Russia of using the power plant as a shield, storing weapons there and launching attacks from its vicinity. Both countries blame each other for shelling the power plant.